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espina

Translation of espina in English:

nombre femenino/feminine noun

  • 2 2.1 (de un disgusto) todavía tiene clavada la espina de aquel desengaño he still hasn't got over o/or [familiar/colloquial] he's still smarting from that disappointment en el partido siguiente se sacaron la espina de aquel 5 a 0 in the next match they got their own back for that 5-0 defeat 2.2 (duda, resquemor) nagging doubt lo negó pero me quedé con la espina he denied it but I still had nagging doubts o/or my suspicions tenía que sacarme la espina I just had to know darle a algn mala espina to make sb feel uneasy esto me da mala espina I don't like the look of this, I'm beginning to feel a bit uneasy about this

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